Sunday, April 06, 2003
AUGUSTA, GA. – With play that included his University of Alabama career low round, Crimson Tide senior Wesley Pate finished 25th at the rain-hampered Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational here Sunday.
Alabama, which shot nine under par as a team in Sunday’s final round and shaved 17 strokes off its first round score, finished 13th in the final team standings at two under par for the tournament. Augusta State, the host team, won its tournament with a 44 under par team finish, shooting 279-274-267/820 on the par 72 Forest Hills Golf Club course. Clemson finished second (822), followed by Oklahoma State and Wake Forest (839), Georgia (841), Georgia Tech (842), N.C. State (850), North Carolina (851), Purdue (853), South Carolina (854), East Tennessee State (857), Virginia Tech (860), Alabama (296-287-279/862), Duke (865), Fresno State and Georgia Southern (870), and North Florida (881).
Pate had Alabama’s best scores for the weekend. He finished tied at 25th at four under par. He opened Saturday’s morning round at 77 but quickly turned his game around and shot his collegiate career best round, 66, in the afternoon round Saturday. On Sunday he continued his under-par pace, shooting 69, three under par. It marked the second time this season in six appearances that he’s finished a tournament under par. He did so en route to a 17th place one under par finish at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in October.
Four other Tide golfers competed in the tournament. Clint Provost finished tied at 37th at two under par (72-73-69/214) after he shot three under in the rain-delayed final round on Sunday. Lars Brovold finished tied at 46th at one over par (73-75-69/217) while also shooting three under in the final round. Daniel Creel parred the final round and finished tied at 64th (75-7372/220), and Austin Hynson finished tied at 79th (76-76-74/226).
The University of Alabama is holding its Spring Break this week but the golf team will continue to be active. Alabama travels this weekend to Auburn where it will compete in the April 11-12 Billy Hitchcock Invitational, its final regular season tournament.